News, articles and statements

October 2010

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    Workshops on "agency work and its role in the labour market" and on "labour administration and good governance".

    25 October 2010

    In the context of the Italian-funded project “Promoting good governance and decent work in the Mediterranean through improved labour administration and social dialogue” (INT/08/11/ITA), the Arab Centre for Labour Administration and Employment (ACLAE) along with the Algerian Minister of Labour, Employment and Social Security (Mr. Tayeb Louh), the International Training Centre of the ILO and LAB/ADMIN, carried out two joint workshops (3-4 and 5-6 October). The first workshop dealt with agency work and its role in the labour market. It included participants from Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Libya, Mauritania, Morocco and Tunisia. The second workshop on labour administration and good governance brought together 30 Algerian participants as well as French and Spanish experts who shared their own national experiences on the topic. The activity was fortunate to have Minister Tayeb Louh speak at the opening session. He touched on the themes of the two workshops as well as offering examples from his own country on the measures adopted or planned by his own government to promote decent work and development. LAB/ADMIN was represented by its Director, Giuseppe Casale and Moussa Oumarou, Senior Labour Administration Specialist. The workshops were widely covered by the local press and their conclusions and recommendations are available from LAB/ADMIN upon request.

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    National Conference on Labour Inspection Policy in South Africa

    11 October 2010

    Within the framework of the ILO/Norway project “ Strengthening labour inspection effectiveness” (INT/09/62/NOR) a National Labour Inspection Policy Conference was held in Pretoria on 27-28 September 2010 on the theme of “Strengthening Labour Inspection Systems in South Africa”. This conference was a culmination of a series of activities that followed last year’s labour administration and labour inspection audit and were funded by the Government of Norway, especially a conference on DoL’s repositioning (Rustenburg, February), three training of trainers (Johannesburg, February and March; Turin, September) and one training of LI managers (Johannesburg, May). The National Conference was also attended by the Norwegian MPs of the Standing Committee of Labour and Social Affairs.

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    Visit to the Ministry of Human Resources

    11 October 2010

    Mr. Giuseppe Casale, Director of LAB/ADMIN, met with the Minister of Human Resources of Malaysia, H.E. Datuk Dr. S. Subramaniam, and his colleagues. Mr. Casale was accompanied by Mr. A. Sivananthiran (former ILO official). They discussed the forthcoming ILC general discussion item on labour administration and inspection. The Minister expressed appreciation of the ILO work in the field of labour administration and inspection and requested ad hoc training in these areas for Ministry’ officials.

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    ILERA Study Group on Re-engineering Labour Administration met at the 7th Asian Congress of the IIRA (now ILERA)

    11 October 2010

    Dr. Giuseppe Casale, Director of the ILO Labour Administration and Inspection Programme and Mr. A. Sivananthiran (international consultant and former ILO official), coordinators of the Study Group on Re-engineering Labour Administration convened the meeting in Bali on the occasion of the 7th Asian Congress of the IIRA, now ILERA. The meeting saw a the participation of ministry’ officials, labour inspectors, workers and employers representatives, and researchers and academics. More than 60 persons took part in the event, expressing strong interest in the topic. Following that meeting and encouraged by the enthusiasm of the participants, Dr. Casale and Mr. Sivananthiran will continue to collect the various experiences on labour administration and inspection with a view to presenting the first comparative findings at the next meeting of the Study Group which will take place during the 16th ILERA (IIRA) World Congress that will take place in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, (2-5 July 2012).

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    International Conference on Tackling Undeclared Work in the EU

    05 October 2010

    The Conference was sponsored by the Bulgarian Ministry of Labour and Social Policy, Eurofound and ITC Turin and was held at the Ministry’s training centre at Kremikovtzi. The main goals of the Conference were: i) to take stock of the state of undeclared work in the European Union and to examine ways of tackling the phenomenon; and ii) to sign a trilateral cooperation agreement on undeclared work between the Ministries of Bulgaria, Greece and Romania. The Ministers of Bulgaria and Romania participated, as did the Deputy Minister from Greece with the three of them accompanied by the Director of the Labour Inspection Services. The ILO was represented by Ms. Susanne Hoffmann, Regional Director for Europe and Central Asia, Ms. Maria-Luz Vega, Senior Labour Administration/Inspection specialist (LAB/ADMIN), and Mr. Mark Levin, Director ILO SRO-Budapest. Eurofound was represented by its Director, Ms. Jorma Karppinen, as well as other staff. ITC Turin was represented by Ms. Yordanka Tzvetkova. In addition, there were a number of resource persons as well as the social partners and representatives of Ministries of Labour.

September 2010

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    EU and ILO promote gender equality in the Ukrainian labour inspection system

    28 September 2010

    LAB/ADMIN was invited to participate in a training session on gender equality for Ukrainian labour inspectors. The event was held in Kyiv within the framework of the EU-ILO “Gender Equality in the World of Work” project. Ms. Maria-Luz Vega, senior labour administration/inspection specialist and Mr. René Robert, labour administration/inspection officer, participated on behalf of LAB/ADMIN.

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    Senior Labour Inspection Specialist visits Brazil

    13 September 2010

    Senior Labour Inspection Specialist visits Brazil: in the framework of the Norweigan funded project "strengthening labour inspection services" LAB/ADMIN senior labour inspection specialist, Maria Luz Vega, visited São Paulo, Brasilia and Rio de Janeiro , both to share international practices and learn more about the Brazilian experience. A presentation on the new Brazilian labour inspection methodology was made by the Federal Labour Inspectorate (SIT). Some Brazilian good practices in labour inspection discussed included combating child labour and forced labour, and labour inspection in the maritime sector. In addition, innovative ways of looking at labour inspection were explored including on the issues of green jobs and gender equality. Other meetings that took place, included with the National Trade Union for Labour Inspectors (SINAIT), the Institute on Applied Economics Research (IPEA), and a courtesy visit to the Norweigan Embassy. The mission finalized with a visit to an oil tanker ship led by the national coordination of labour inspection in ports and waterways.

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    Workshop on "Building modern and effective labour administration and labour inspection systems"

    01 September 2010

    LAB/ADMIN and ITC/Turin have organised a training workshop on "Building modern and effective labour administration and labour inspection systems" (30 August - 10 September 2010) for a group of senior labour administrators and inspectors of India and South Africa. This is part of the training programme developing within the Norwegian funded project (INT/09/62/NOR)

July 2010

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    Feasibility of a European Platform on Undeclared Work

    13 July 2010

    LAB/ADMIN was invited to participate in a workshop organized on behalf of the EC by Regioplan to discuss the feasibility of establishing a platform to prevent and fight against undeclared work. On 9 July 2010, Maria-Luz Vega participated on behalf of LAB/ADMIN, as ILO Expert in the abovementioned meeting. Several issues were raised and the need for collaboration between the EU and the ILO on this subject has been highlighted.

June 2010

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    ILC Information Session

    02 June 2010

    LAB/ADMIN invites you to join us for an information session on the latest news in labour administration and inspection. Our team will present recent developments from the regions and will share some of the newest tools to help constituents modernize labour administration and strengthen labour inspection services. Please join us on 10 June 2010 at the ILO in Room II at 1:30 - 2:30 p.m. to find out more. Hope to see you there.

May 2010

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    Theoretical and practical training course on Labour Inspection

    17 May 2010

    The ILO started, on 17th May, a theoretical and practical training course on labour inspection in Lebanon, which extends for 5 days. The course is being attended by 40 participants of labour inspectors, OSH inspectors, workers' representatives, employers representatives and social security inspectors. The topics of the course included, among others, labour inspection visits, OSH inspection, inspection of employment relations, inspection of working inspection, Corporate Social Responsibility and the challenges facing labour inspection. It also included field visits to some enterprises for practical training. Earlier this month, the ILO also conducted a similar course in Syria and completed in Oman, an other training program on labour inspection, which included participants from the workers' and employers organizations, in addition to labour inspectors.

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    Training seminar for labour inspectors

    17 May 2010

    In the framework of the Norwegian project, a subregional training seminar for labour inspectors was held in Bitola, the former Yugoslav Republic of Macedonia, from 10-14 May 2010. The aim of the activity was to present the training curriculum on labour inspection developed by the ILO's International Training Center in Turin. The materials can be used in the participants' countries for the training of labour inspectors. Part of the curriculum was translated into Montenegrin and Macedonian languages.

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    “Labour Inspection Reform in South Africa: Training of Trainers, Managers”

    12 May 2010

    LAB/ADMIN officials (Mr G. Casale, Director, Mr L. Rychly, Senior Specialist and Mr A. Sivananthiran, Consultant) with the assistance of the ILO Pretoria Office gave a major training workshop for managers of labour inspection departments in South Africa. The training of trainers is a key component of the Norwegian funded project, “Strengthening labour inspection services”. All provincial labour inspectorates attended this training workshop.

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    Training program on labour inspection

    10 May 2010

    The ILO organized a training program on labour inspection from 2-5 March in Syria, within the Norwegian project “Enhancing Labour Inspection Effectiveness”. The main topics of the training were the International Labour Standards, the national labour legislation, best practices and procedures of labour inspection, the role of social dialogue in promoting labour standard and occupational safety and health.

April 2010

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    The role of labour inspection in combating forced labour

    30 April 2010

    LAB/ADMIN participated in a seminar on “the role of labour inspection to combat forced labour” was held in Wroclaw, Poland (9-10 March). The seminar took place in the context of the EC funded project “Transnational Multi-Stakeholder Action to combat trafficking in human beings for the purpose of labour exploitation: Identification and protection of victims (FREED)”. The project is being implemented by the Italian Department for Equal Opportunities in partnership with the ILO's Special Action Programme to combat Forced Labour (SAP/FL) and with labour inspectorates, law enforcement and trade unions in Italy, Portugal, Poland and Romania. The purpose of the seminar was to validate the ILO handbook for labour inspectors on forced labour and human trafficking. Participants were given the opportunity to share their professional experiences in the field of investigating and sanctioning cases of forced labour, identification of victims of trafficking for forced labour and their modes of cooperation with other government agencies, law enforcement officials and workers’ and employers’ organizations. Through presentations and group exercises, participants were invited to provide comments on the handbook in order to adapt its contents to national conditions in Poland. The revised handbook will ultimately serve as a training tool for Polish labour inspectors on the subject.

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    EU Spanish Presidency: SLIC Thematic Day (Bilbao, 6 May 2010)

    29 April 2010

    Under the European Union Spanish Presidency, LAB/ADMIN has been invited to take part in the Senior Labour Inspectors Committee (SLIC)meeting organised in Bilbao on 6 may 2010. The thematic day dealt with one of the most pressing and challenging issues in labour inspection in the European Union, notably the role of the labour inspectorates in enforcing labour legislation, including cross-border cooperation amongst Member States. Maria Luz Vega, Senior Labour Administration/Inspection Specialist LAB/ADMIN Programme, participated in the thematic day with a presentation on cross-border inspection around the world.

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    Building Modern and Effective Labour Administration and Labour Inspection Systems for Good Governance (LAB/ADMIN and ITC/ILO) Turin, 26 April - 7 May 2010

    29 April 2010

    LAB/ADMIN in cooperation with the ITC/Turin is organising a training workshop for Arab speaking countries on labour administration and inspection systems for good governance. This activity is carried out, among others, within the Italian funded project "Promoting Good Governance and Decent Work in the Mediterranean through Improved Labour Administration and Social Dialogue". Participants from countries like Algeria, Jordan, Lebanon, Iraq, Morocco, Palestine, Tunisia and Yemen took part. At the end of the training course, senior labour administrators will be able to: appreciate the concept of system of labour administration (as defined in C. 150 in the perspective of good governance); be familiar with the main international labour standards concerning labour administration, labour inspection, labour policies and social dialogue; use these standards as tools and reference for strengthening and re-designing national labour administration and inspection systems; analyse and discuss the key functions and roles of labour administration; analyse and discuss good practices; analyse and discuss trends, functions and roles of labour inspection; compare the situation and challenges in the participating countries and build a network for continuining experience sharing and knowledge building.

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    Kenya National Labour Conference

    28 April 2010

    From 20-22 April 2010, the Kenya Ministry of Labour hosted a National Labour Conference in Nairobi. The event was sponsored by DANIDA and was the first conference of its kind in nearly 30 years bringing together labour officers and inspectors from across the country to discuss the theme "Re-engineering the Labour Inspectorate for the 21st Century". The Conference was attended by the Kenyan Vice-President as well as the Minister and Permanent Secretary of the Ministry of Labour and Labour Commissioner. LAB/ADMIN officials were already in the country carrying out a needs assessment of the Kenyan labour administration and inspection services and gladly participated in the Conference giving presentations on the role of labour administration and inspection in times of economic crisis and labour inspection in the 21st century. During the event, the Labour Commissioner also launched the first edition of the Ministry newsletter "Labour Updates" as an initiative to improve the sharing of information between Ministry staff. A final report on the outcomes of the Conference is expected in the coming weeks.

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    Labour inspection in Central America and Dominican Republic

    11 April 2010

    On 7-9 April 2010, a sub-regional event on labour inspection in Central America and the Dominican Republic was held in El Salvador with the participation of high representatives of Labour Inspectorates of the regional and social partners. The purpose of the meeting was to share good practises and models on labour inspection and to explore the working method of the Red Iberoamericana de Inspección de Trabajo. The event was organized by the SRO for Central America in collaboration with two sub-regional USDOL funded projects. LAB/ADMIN actively participated in the event.

March 2010

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    Strengthening Labour Inspection Services in Oman

    25 March 2010

    A national workshop on “Strengthening Labour Inspection Services” took place in Oman (2-4 October 2009). Mr Giuseppe Casale, Director of Labour Administration and Inspection Programme LAB/ADMIN, gave a presentation and met both Mr H.E. Abdulla Nassar Al-Bakry, Minister of Manpower and Mr Sultan Adim Al-Shereiqi, Director of Labour Inspection. The workshop, organised with the cooperation of SRO Beirut, was attended by more than 160 labour inspectors.